TV producer Hubbell Benson has invited many young groups, including The Four Martians, The Foreign Agents and The Jolly Green Giants to audition for a new TV show, but not The Monkees. However, when he hears their music on a hired tape recorder, he sets out to find this mystery band, not knowing that the Monkees are having great difficulty getting into the auditions at the same time.
Davy meets his double, the shy Prince Ludlow of Peruvia and soon learns the vertically challenged highness has to marry before his 18th birthday in order to ascend to the Peruvian throne. The other three Monkees convince Davy to swap places with the Prince and woo young socialite Wendy Forsythe in his stead. However, the evil Count Myron has his eye on the throne as well.
A circus comes to town, and The Monkees visit the big top, only to soon discover that this particular circus is suffering from declining attendance, a situation embittered performers, who have not been paid for some time, blame on rock & roll discotheques - an enmity personified when Victor, the circus' ace knife thrower, attacks Davy via perfectly aimed throws within inches of Davy's face and threatens to call the police. Susan, one of the performers, befriends the Monkees but is distraught when Victor delivers a written ultimatum to Pop, the circus' head master. The...
A new tenant, Mrs. Milly Rudnick, moves into the Monkees' beach pad. Rather than getting them evicted, she takes on the boys as boarders. They grow to like her but would still rather have their house to themselves, so they plan to get Milly together with Larry the moving man.
When the Monkees decide to get themselves an answering service, they soon end up working for one instead. Left on their own, the foursome starts ignoring the most important rule: 'don't get involved with the clients'. Mike tries to save a young girl he thinks is planning to commit suicide, Davy brings a message which soon has an entire building in a riot and Peter messes up a scheme to place gambling bets over the phone. Micky somehow manages to keep out of trouble.
All four of the Monkees fall in love with the same girl, April Conquest, of the local laundromat. Each one of them tries to woo her by feigning interest in things she likes: Davy paints pop-art, Mickey performs ballet, Peter plays chamber music while Mike rides a bike.
The Monkees travel to New York to meet a young producer, Mackinley Baker, at The Compton Plaza Hotel. Unfortunately, they find Baker just about to be evicted out of the room and themselves without any money for a place to stay. So, the group holds on to the room while Baker visits his backer. When this does not work out, they try convincing members of the Millionaire's club across the street to back Baker's play.
The Monkees are asked to appear as extras in Luther Kramm's new beach movie, but soon take offense to the film's star, Frankie Catalina. After upstaging him during the production, Catalina walks off the movie and the Monkees push Davy into the limelight as the new teen idol.
Micky, Davy and Mike are duped into robbing a bank, thinking they're the stars of a new heist movie. After their arrest, it is up to Peter to prove his band mates' innocence while the trio of accused Monkees handle their own defense during the trial.
Faced with selecting a husband or be married to the evil Vidaru, Princess Colette of Nehudi picks out Davy's picture from a magazine. The Manchester Monkee is then put to the choice: marry a beautiful girl and life a life of luxury or be killed. In case he agrees, the remaining three Monkees will be granted high ranking positions on his staff (not to mention their pick of harem maidens). Of course, Vidaru plans to get rid of the Monkees whether they agree or not.
When Peter displays a talent for copying art, crooked museum guards Duke and Chuche force him to copy Frans Hals' 'The Laughing Cavalier' and switch it with the real one. The Monkees mount Mission: Ridiculous to put the actual artwork back and take on the code names 'Manchester Marauder' (Davy), Conneticut Counterspy (Peter), Towering Texan (Mike) and the Los Angeles Leopard (Micky).
When his girl Brenda is stolen from him by muscle bound Bulk, Micky contemplates hocking his drums so he can pay for Shah-Ku's "Weakling's Anonymous" course. Fearing this will break up the group, Davy and Peter first try to pass of Bulk as a weakling to Brenda, then set out to prove Shah-Ku is a phony.
The Monkees ride into Swinevill and immediately get caught up in a Hillbilly feud between the Chubber and the Weskitt family. Soon, Ella Mae Chubber takes a shine to Davy (and to a lesser extend Micky and Peter). The only way out is to patch things up between Ella Mae and her dim witted fiancé, Jud Weskitt.
Natasha Pavlova escapes from The Druvanian National Ballet by hiding in the Monkees' instrument trunk and falls in love with Peter, whom she refers to as 'The Face' (and sometimes just plain 'Petrov'). Ballet Master Nicolai and his other star, Ivan, insist on getting her back, mainly because of the microfilm hidden in one of her red shoes.
The Monkees take a job at the Henry Cabot Lodge and Cemetery, where they are forced into service as hotel staff as well. The guests include a quartet of tall female bikers, whom the boys set out to impress by dressing like Marlon Brando in 'The Wild One'. When the girls' boyfriends, Big Butch and the Black Angels, arrive, the Monkees (now known as the Chickens) have to enter a motorcycle race they cannot possibly win.
The Monkees take on a job as sailors but Mike soon disappears below deck to recuperate from seasickness. Micky, Davy and Peter must prove themselves strong enough to survive the hardships of the sea, especially when it turns out their captain is a modern day pirate intend on hijacking the Queen Anne. Inspired by Clark Gable and Marlon Brando, the three musicians attempt to stage a mutiny.
Visiting Mike's Aunt Kate in Texas, The Monkees find the Nesmith Ranch being ambushed by Black Bart and his gang. Micky and Peter, dressed as The Lone Stranger and Pronto, go to town to seek help but end up join Black Bart's gang. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Mike tries to figure out what makes the Nesmith land so valuable.
Micky 'Magic Fingers' Dolenz hits a lucky streak in Vegas, not realizing the roulette table is rigged. The Boss and Biggy soon steal the ill begotten money back from the Monkees, who are then given 24 hours by the police to retrieve it once more. So, they head back into the Casino dressed as gangsters The Insidious Strangler (Micky), The Professor (Peter), Muscles The Mauler (Davy) and Vicious Killer (Mike).